Entry-Level Cook, Restaurant Salary

Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks pull down an average of $9.94 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks who answered the questionnnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to just over one in five, and one in eight earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11,925 - $37,461
$12K
$25K
$37K
MEDIAN: $24,575
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$7.70 - $13.05
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MEDIAN: $10.00
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$0$37K
Salary $11,925 - $37,461
Bonus $0.76 - $1,957
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,123 - $29,965
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 65
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $7.70 - $13.05
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $1.90
Overtime $8.33 - $20.47
Annual Data $0$29K
Bonus $0.76 - $1,957
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,123 - $29,965
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 910

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Cook, Restaurant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Cook, Restaurant


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Chili's Grill & Bar, Pizza Hut, Inc., Sonic Drive - In, and Zaxby's are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks. For Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks, comfortable salaries can be found at Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $23K, the highest in the area. Soaring salaries can also be found at Chili's Grill & Bar, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Bojangles, Inc., where earnings of $22K, $20K, or $17K are standard for Entry-Level Restaurant Cooks.

Employees at Zaxby's, Pizza Hut, Inc., and Bojangles, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $16K, $16K, and $17K.

Cook, Restaurant Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Cook, Restaurant in Bridgeport:
"Ceiling."
The management is elderly and old fashioned; most everything is outdated, and the clientele is the same. It is not a place one can expect to make a career, the turnover is high, and wages are stagnant (in my time there, my wages have increased by less than $2).

Cook, Restaurant in Bloomington:
"That because I'm an experienced cook I have to do multiple p."
Be very specific about your salary and your expectations because less money more work strictly benefits them.

Cook, Restaurant in Hildebran:
"The fact of low money paid and no overtime."

Cook, Restaurant in Austin:
"Get out now."
Stop, before it's too late! Save yourself and get out now!

Cook, Restaurant in Smyrna:
"Cook."
Find a new line of work.

Cook, Restaurant in Canton:
"Work hard."
Be serious about your job.

Cook, Restaurant in Moscow:
"What motivates an individuals action."
Negative energy... Is wasted energy.

Key Stats for Cook, Restaurant

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 173 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
17%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
no benefits
None: 77%
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